Lawsuit Focuses on Treatment of Lonoke Co. Inmate


Published 01/26 2014 10:16PM

Updated 01/26 2014 10:24PM

LONOKE COUNTY, AR -- According to a federal lawsuit, on August 28th of last year 50-year-old Elgie Sanders was booked into the Lonoke County jail after being picked up for violating his parole.

"They knew he was Type 1 diabetic when he went in there," Sander's fiancé Barbara Givens said of jailers.

Givens says three days went by and Sanders wasn't given the medication he needs.

"On the third day he went into diabetic shock," she said.

According to the 83-page lawsuit handwritten by Sanders himself, Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley and jailers violated Sanders' constitutional rights with "deliberate indifference" by failing to treat his diabetes and with an inadequate response when his condition worsened.
Givens says Sanders' health has been poor ever since.

"He has numbness in his hand," she said.  "His eyesight is going."

Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley said Sunday the allegations in the lawsuit are "false," but he declined further comment because of the pending litigation.
He did point out that policies are in place to make sure inmates get healthcare treatment.
The lawsuit challenges that notion.

On top of hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, the lawsuit also seeks new policies and training pertaining to how inmates are treated.

According to Givens, Sanders was originally at the Lonoke County Jail for violating parole.
Records show he is currently in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Correction.

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